Three alleged members of the Mozart Street gang - which has been tied to murders and violence from the Dominican Republic to a Jamaica Plain pizza place - were indicted this week on federal gun charges after they were allegedly observed shooting "three guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition at paper targets in an apparent effort to improve their marksmanship."
Christian Green, Jeffrey Medina and Sherwin Garcia were indicted in US District Court in Boston on charges of being felons in possession of firearms following their arrest on Dec. 22 as they left a shooting range in Salisbury. All three are convicted felons, which makes it illegal for them to handle guns, but police watched them enter and leave a Salisbury shooting range, at which they paid their $333 tab in cash after shooting hundreds of rounds at eight paper targets in two shooting lanes, the indictment alleges, adding they all signed a waiver saying they had no prior felony convictions.
In an affidavit filed against Green, Boston Police Officer Manuel Blas wrote he was surprised when he learned of their trip north:
As a police officer who regularly works in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston, it was disconcerting to watch these three men, each of whom has a criminal record that includes firearms charges or convictions, each of whom was on probation at the time of the Dec. 22 incident, and each of whom I believe to be associated with a violent Boston street gang operating out of the area around Mozart Street in Jamaica Plain, to be trying to improve their marksmanship by using weapons at a public firing range in violation of federal law.
Blas's affidavit provides a lengthy catalog of crime stretching back years on the Mozart Street and Boylston Street gangs that includes drug and gun dealing and armed robbery - as well as violent attacks on each other. Among the more recent battles: A knife and gun fight that left three dead at the Same Old Place on the other end of Jamaica Plain, and a mass shooting on Washington Street in August that sent five to the hospital. Blas wrote:
The information generated about the dispute between Boylston and Mozart (particularly in 2010) is staggering. For example, between July 1 and December 31, 2010, I am advised that [regional crime] analysts concluded that as many as 10 men with ties to Boylston or Mozart Street have been shot and others have been stabbed or attacked and that violence involving these two groups ... has continued.
Because the three indicted men were Mozart associates, Blas's affidavit focuses on them. He wrote that Mozart has dozens of associates, from teenagers to middle-aged men, many of Dominican descent. They often wear Minnesota Twins clothing or other items emblazoned with an "M" and flash gang signs by forming their fingers into an "M." They sometimes wear jewelry emblazoned "JP Inc.," he wrote.
- Affidavit on Green (4.6M PDF).